Jim Tucker (journalist)
|Born||James P. Tucker, Jr.|
December 31, 1934
Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
|Died||April 26, 2013 (aged 78)|
Fredericksburg, Virginia, U.S.
|Subject||Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission, Bilderbergers|
|Notable works||Jim Tucker's Bilderberg Diary|
James P. Tucker, Jr. (December 31, 1934 – April 26, 2013), also known as Big Jim Tucker, was an American journalist and author of Jim Tucker's Bilderberg Diary, who, beginning in 1975, focused on the Bilderberg Group. Tucker died on April 26, 2013, from complications due to a fall, according to his obituary.
Tucker was a sports journalist with a newspaper in Washington until his death since 1975.
After working for various newspapers, Tucker started writing for the populist newspaper The Spotlight in 1975 until its closure in 2001. Shortly after the paper's closure, Tucker and many former Spotlight employees founded the similarly-toned American Free Press.
Tucker has said he was able to write the "advance story" on the downfall of Margaret Thatcher and, later, about the rise of Bill Clinton when he attended the Bilderberg meeting at Baden-Baden in Germany in 1991. He said Thatcher was removed from office because she "didn't like it [the one meeting of the Bilderbergs she attended]" and that as a result they "replaced her" with a trapeze artist from the same party". According to Tucker's "close paraphrasing" of a conversation some years later, Thatcher told him it was "a tribute to be denounced by them" at a function in Washington. Thatcher actually attended at least three Bilderberg meetings.
Tucker's efforts to infiltrate the 1999 Bilderberg meeting at the Hotel Caesar Park in Sintra, Portugal were chronicled by British reporter Jon Ronson in his book, Them: Adventures with Extremists and broadcast as part of Channel 4's The Secret Rulers of the World series. Tucker told Ronson "They exist and they're not playing pinochle in there".
In 2005, Tucker wrote Jim Tucker's Bilderberg Diary published by the American Free Press where he was an editor, a book chronicling his thirty-plus years of exposing the Bilderberg Group.
After the 2006 Bilderberg meeting in Ottawa Tucker claimed that he "was able to report that in the year ahead many hundreds of thousands of American home owners would lose their homes". Tucker said another person present remarked "the stupid jerks deserve it" while another responded to the comment by saying "That's awful cruel".
Tucker is featured prominently in a film made by radio host Alex Jones, Endgame: Blueprint for Global Enslavement (2007), which partially deals with the 2006 Bilderberg conference at the Brookstreet Hotel in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
- Oliver, Mark. The Bilderberg group. The Guardian. 4 June 2004.
- Streeter, Michael. Behind closed doors: the power and influence of secret societies. p. 169.
- Skelton, Charlie. Our man at Bilderberg: in pursuit of the world's most powerful cabal. The Guardian. 13 May 2009.
- Theroux, Louis (7 April 2001). "Stranger than fiction". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
- Hollingshead, Iain. The Bilderberg Group: fact and fantasy. The Daily Telegraph. 4 June 2010.
- "News in Brief". The Times. 26 April 1975. p. 5.; Caroline Moorehead (18 April 1977). "Times Profile: The Bilderberg Group". The Times. p. 9.; "Bogus gun threat at Bilderberg". The Times. 29 April 1986. p. 2.
- Jon Ronson, Them: Adventures with Extremists (2001), Chapter 3: "The Secret Rulers of the Universe".